Press release

The Institution of Engineering and Technology searches for the UK’s brightest Apprentices and Technicians

06 May 2014

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) today begins a search to identify the most promising apprentices and technicians. The awards will see an apprentice, a technician and an Armed Forces technician walk away with £1,000 each, two years free membership of the IET and payment of their technician professional registration fees.

The awards, which are in their second year, aim to raise the profile of the good work that UK apprentices and technicians contribute to engineering businesses. This can be through outstanding engineering and technical understanding and ability, or by taking on an ambassadorial role in schools, through volunteer work or as role models.

Barry Brooks, IET President, said: “Apprentices and technicians are essential to the success of engineering companies, but rarely receive accolades for their contribution to that success.  These awards provide an opportunity for all in the profession to celebrate the best apprentices and technicians.  

“As part of our Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, the IET is keen to recognise and support those who are inspiring the next generation of engineering stars.   

“At a time when the Government and industry are keen to improve the quality and consistency of apprenticeships, and to attract more men and women to become technicians, these awards have an important role to play in highlighting what apprenticeships can achieve.”

One of last year’s winners was Andrew Knowles, a Project & Reliability Engineer at Merseyrail. On winning the award he said: “I was not only delighted to have won the IET Technician of the Year award but in addition it has had a fantastically positive impact on my career. The award confirmed my decision to enter into this fascinating sector, something which I would urge other young people to consider.”

A spokesperson from GCHQ, which is sponsoring the awards said: "The IET Apprentice and Technician Awards scheme is a particularly special scheme because it acknowledges the significant impact that young people are having on engineering businesses through boosting productivity and enhancing the skills base. Apprenticeships in particular are a genuine alternative to University education and lead to just as rewarding career path. There are three prizes available so we'd urge apprentices, technicians and Armed Forces technicians to put in an application via the IET website before the deadline on 30 May."

The winners will be announced at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony, which will take place in London on Wednesday, 19 November 2014.

The award scheme welcomes entries from apprentices and technicians who can demonstrate an exceptional engineering contribution in developing a product, service or process. There are three categories:

  • IET Apprentice of the Year: this award is for an individual in at least the second year of an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme, making good progress towards the apprenticeship qualifications, who has made significant contributions towards their employer or operational area.
  • IET Technician of the Year: this award recognises individuals around the world who have provided an exceptional engineering contribution in developing a product, service or process or the completion of a project.
  • IET Armed Forces Technician of the Year: this award will acknowledge a member of the UK Armed Forces.

Find out more about the Apprentice and Technician Awards and apply online at www.theiet.org/apprentice-awards by Friday, 30 May 2014.

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

More about the IET Engineering Excellence Awards Series

  • In 2013, the IET provided over £1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships, to celebrate excellence and innovation in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.
  • The IET will maintain this investment in 2014 with its portfolio of awards which includes Diamond Jubilee scholarships, Apprentice and Technician awards, scholarships in India, the Present around the World competition and the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize.
  • For more information visit http:/www.theiet.org/awards